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Won't accept firm ware or go out of recovery mode.

3 different people including a best buy geek tried everything there is online to reboot the creative software. I can't imagine there is a trick I can do at home, so I want to mail it in to have the company (or whoever) fix it. I am fairly certain it is just a software issue. It is NOT in warranty so I will have to pay something, but I can't for the life of me find a way to contact anyone at the company to find out where/how to mail it in!!

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  • homsapian May 26, 2008

    I'm having the same problem--I accidentally erased the firmware on my microphoto and when I went to reload the version I dowloaded from teh Creative site, my computer keeps telling me to plug my device in, which of course it already is. I've tried multiple USBs and ports. I tried to load the driver and I get this error: "A service installation section in this INF is invalid." I have combed the internet looking for help to no avail. Can anyone help?

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Detach your player from the PC if it is connected, and turn off the player.
If the player stops responding, you can reset the player. To reset the player, gently
insert a thin object into the Reset hole located below the power switch.


Booting straight to the Recovery menu
I decided to open it up to check out the hard drive to see what kind I would need so I could try replacing it. The data plug that attaches to the hard drive itself was partially unplugged. So, I pushed it back in all the way, put it all back together again, and turned it on just to see if something different might happen. (I had it set in my mind that the hard drive failed and I would need a new one, so I didn't expect anything different to happen) And to my surprise, it worked just like new again.

Before you go off and invest in a new hard drive, I suggest opening it up and make sure that plug is in all the way. Since you'll be opening it up in any case, it wouldn't hurt



http://us.creative.com/support
http://www.zenrepair.com/Zen/index.jsp
http://repair4player.org/disassembly_creative.html


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My 16GB creative zen is on recovery mode after installing an upgraded soft ware


You must give it the firmware upgrade from support.creative.com, or it will not be able to get out of this mode. Support.creative.com

Creative Zen
Try another PC or another USB port
Make sure the hold/lock is not engaged
Reset
Check for firmware update on Creative's website
Get Recovery Tool from Creative
Try this: disconnect the player from the computer, turn it off, hold in the volume + button, and reconnect the player to the computer while holding the volume + button in. Keep holding the volume + button for an additional 5-50 seconds. Windows should eventually go into recovery mode and revive the player- it will pop up a window that says Found New Hardware Wizard.
If all else fails, check with this guy:
http://www.mycreativefansite.com/2007/05/myzenchecker-tools-guide-to-problem.html
Creative Zen – Formatting
Step by step instructions for formatting a player
1. Detach the player from the PC if it is connected, and turn off the player.
2. Press and hold the Play button while powering on the player.
3. When the player displays the Creative logo, release the Play button
4. Select Format (All) and select Yes to format the player.
5. After the player has finished formatting, select Reboot.
6. Re-transfer the tracks to the player.
-Tha Mp3 Doctor

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Stuck in recovery mode--would love to avoid buying a new mp3


I had the same problem as your and it stopped working yesterday. After search for helps and now it is working again after I reloaded the firmware. But unfortunately everything is gone. You have to reload your musics again. You can try this out: 1) go to creative labs website to download the "Recovery Tool". 2) at Recovery Mode of your zen there are options: Clean Up, Format All, Reload Firmware, and Reboot. Try out Clean Up first if it still not working then try to Format All. After that try the Reload Firmware. After you done the Reload Firmware. 3) Shut down your Zen and try to connect it to your computer. Now your Zen will automaticlly power On and computer will recognize it as a drive. 4) Open the Recovery Tool you have downloaded at creative labs website. This tool will detect your Zen and follow it's instructions: It works with my windows Vista. Well, it works for me, I think it will work for your too. Good Luck!
May God bless.

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Hi! I think you should try this (i've already tried it and it works):
1- Unplug your Zen from your Computer.
2-Turn off your Zen (if you can't do it, press the "Reset" button)
3- BEFORE turning on your Zen, press your "Play" button and hold it while you turn on.
4-When a format menu appears, select the "Format All" option (you'll loose all your Zen data).
5-When the format menu reapears, select the "Reboot" option and listo! You have your Zen as new and should not have problem. Good luck!

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Screen Tear


Hello patriotisaac,

Best Buy can repair the screen on your Insignia MP3 player if it is damaged. To get service take the unit into the Geek Squad counter at your local Best Buy store. The store will assist you in getting the unit sent out to one of our service centers for repair.

Be aware that screen damage is not covered by the manufacturer's limited warranty. That means that you would be responsible for the cost of the repairs, including paying a diagnosis fee up front (which would be applied toward the cost of the repair if you accept the estimate).

To be honest, depending on the extent of the damage, it may be in your best interests to simply consider replacing the MP3 player with a new one. Because of the high cost of repair and the affordability of new MP3 players, it may simply be more economical to purchase a new MP3 player rather then repairing the damaged one. Again, your local Best Buy store can help guide you in making the best decision for you.

Best regards,
Ken
Go Ahead. Use Us.

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Recovery Mode


I agree, use the Reload Firmware tool on recovery mode and then upgrade the firmware from the website. If you get "firmware failed!", then try it from a different computer.

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Stuck in recovery mode, never been used, screen states firmware problem . everything i have tried has not worked. Tried cleaning mode, reload firmware mode, noting. HELP


Stuck in recovery mode Zen v
Detach your player from the PC if it is connected, and turn off the player.
If the player stops responding, you can reset the player. To reset the player, gently
insert a thin object into the Reset hole located below the power switch.

2. Press and hold the Play button while powering on your player.

3. When the player displays the Creative logo, release the Play button.
It will display the following options:
Clean Up
Scans the player and removes invalid links from its music library.
Does not affect music files themselves.
Format (All)
Caution! Erases all content!
Save a copy of your player's content before formatting.
Reload OS/ Firmware
Caution! Erases your player's firmware.
DO NOT select the Reload Firmware option unless you have access to a PC and you have downloaded the necessary firmware to install.
Reboot Reboots the device.


I actually had this exact problem a little while ago with my Zen Sleek-- Booting straight to the Recovery menu, and only getting a generic "Harddisk problem" error screen any time I would try to do anything.
Booting straight to the Recovery menu
I decided to open it up to check out the hard drive to see what kind I would need so I could try replacing it. The data plug that attaches to the hard drive itself was partially unplugged. So, I pushed it back in all the way, put it all back together again, and turned it on just to see if something different might happen. (I had it set in my mind that the hard drive failed and I would need a new one, so I didn't expect anything different to happen) And to my surprise, it worked just like new again.

Before you go off and invest in a new hard drive, I suggest opening it up and make sure that plug is in all the way. Since you'll be opening it up in any case, it wouldn't hurt.


good luck
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Zen micro


did u try to update the firm ware on it

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Recovery mode


Run the recovery tool from the SanDisk website. Make sure you select "format" when prompted. http://www.sandisk.com/Assets/File/Downloads/firmware/e200fw01.00.12.exe You need to put the device into "recovery mode" before you run the tool. - Turn the device off (hold power for 20 seconds) - Slide the hold switch into "hold" position. - Press and hold the "record" button while connecting it to your computer. Keep holding the "record" button until you see the "new hardware found" on your computer. Then run the recovery tool. Select format when prompted. Best of Luck.

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